Creative arts in education boost learning: Experts
Adding creative arts in different aspects of education and routine curriculum would help students grasp their lessons better, experts said here Tuesday.

Exposure to creative arts like singing a song on mathematics or history would help children develop a liking for the subject and enhances performance, experts said at a conference on Arts Education, co-hosted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

"Creative, artistic activities which are enjoyable in the curriculum will provide an outlet for ideas. For example a song for maths will help the child to develop a positive attitude and imaginative ways of learning," Parvin Sinclair, NCERT director, told on the sidelines of the conference.

Sinclair also addressed the conference for which the British Council Division has partnered with the NCERT for a programme to improve the education of arts in schools.

"Arts in education is an important aspect, many schools across the country are trying to imbibe the creative curriculum education. The NCERT in National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 emphasised learning without burden and child-centred education," said Sinclair.

"Even right to education law makes it compulsory to have arts and art teachers in every school," said the NCERT director.

Rob Lynes, director, British Council Division, British High Commission, said: "The British Council has started a pilot project with the NCERT, we have started the world voice programme which will train students and teachers to access singing education of the highest quality."

World Voice programme (WVP) which supports young people to develop musicality and contribute to wider learning through songs.

He added the programme would enhance and build the capacity of teachers, prepare training material, publications and resource material.

"The new generation of students requires not just the knowledge of math and science but the arts as they provide children with creativity which will give the next generation an edge over other students," he added.

The WVP programme will be championed in India by musician and singer Mohit Chauhan.